Rafael Ribó re-elected European president of the International Ombudsman Institute


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The organization groups eighty ombudsmen across Europe

He has designed a program to address the refugee crisis and xenophobia

The Catalan Ombudsman, Rafael Ribó, has been once again chosen by their European counterparts as president of the European section of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI). The election was conducted by electronic voting in the process prior to the World Congress. With this result, members of the IOI reaffirmed the support already deposited in him in January, for the next four years.

Ribó stated that he assumes the position with the "commitment to forcefully defend the figure of the Ombudsman in every place in Europe where its work is at risk", and has given as an example the case of the institution of Poland. He has also announced that he has designed a program to address the refugee crisis and xenophobia, in line with the conclusions of the seminar organized last April in Barcelona.

Rafael Ribó had held this position from 2009 to 2012. In early 2016 he was elected president to replace the former Polish defender, Irena Lipowicz, who left the presidency almost a year before the end of her mandate.

The Board of Directors is composed, in addition to the Catalan ombudsman, by the ombudsmen of Ireland, Wales, Italy and Belgium. Currently, the European IOI comprises 79 ombudsmen from all over Europe, a figure that will rise to 82 with the entry of three new members that have already applied.

The International Ombudsman Institute was established in 1978 and is an international organization that brings together ombudsmen institutions from across the world. It is organized into six major regions, namely: Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and Pacific, South America and the Caribbean, and North America.

Its main objectives are to promote the concept and the institution of the Ombudsman around the world and to promote the exchange of information and experiences between different institutions.